Today was a short day (relatively speaking) so I wasn’t in a rush this morning. I had a very good breakfast and got going about 9. In the first 2 kilometres I got chased by 4 dogs and found myself on another dirt road. Which slightly annoyed my as it got my bike dirty again despite cleaning it yesterday.
There was a steep climb away from Pogradec though which was good as it allowed me to put some effort in and clear my head. From the top of there I was in a pretty good mood. The weather was cold and dull but not raining and the prospect of a short day really helped.
The next 40km were pretty much flat and without a wind I was cruising along happily. Before I knew it I was onto the next climb and crossing the Greek border. I am so glad I got to see Albania, it’s been absolutely fascinating and probably the most interesting country yet; but it was only after entering Greece that I realised how tense I’ve been the whole time. I don’t really know why but for some reason I just felt incredibly relieved to get out (maybe it was to do with the dogs, I’m not sure).
The rest of the day was great. Despite losing an hour I was on for an early finish and I was in the best mood I’ve been in since sunny Croatia. I did get chased by one dog in Greece, but it wasn’t much bigger than a gerbil so I wasn’t too bothered. All the other dogs seemed typically Greek and didn’t really care.
Since arriving, I haven’t really done much except eat and I’m hopefully on my way to an early night. It’s snowing now, which isn’t great. But I have another short day tomorrow so I won’t be rushing to leave. Apparently the sun rises an hour later now anyway so I can use that as an excuse…
Feeling better about this one:
Distance: 67.89miles / 109.3km
Riding Time: 4:35:03
Av. Speed: 14.8mph / 23.8kph